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Why I Think My Age Is Preventing Me
from Getting a Tech Job

by Helen Dennis, Los Angeles Daily News

Q.   I am a 54-year-old single woman who just left Silicon Valley and heading back to Southern California for one reason. I could not find a technology-related position at a comparable level to my previous position. I think the problem was my age. Help me understand this. Thank you.

A:   You have identified a pervasive problem that is not new to the technology industry. It’s about age and work. Age discrimination, burnout and keeping skills current are issues facing many older techies. Unfortunately, “older” in that world could be as young as 35 years.

    The following gives you a sense of the age imbalance in the industry as evidenced by the median ages of technology employees. In 2016, the median age for Facebook employees was 28; for Google, it was 30 years and for Apple, Amazon and Yahoo it was 31 years. The median age for IBM employees was 38 years. Compare these numbers to the median age of the American workforce which is 42 years.   MORE

The Generation Game at Work


We are living longer and retiring later, and this means up to five generations of employees may be working together at any one time. With employees often working well beyond 70, as school leavers join the workforce, companies have a striking challenge – managing a multi-generation workforce with very different characteristics.

    It is changing the way we work. Older workers are adapting to their technological challenges while workers just entering the workplace must adjust to how things are done by their older co-workers.   MORE

Laid Off vs. Fired:
What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

by Elizabeth Alterman at

Laid off. Fired. Sacked. Let go. No matter which words you use to describe losing your job, it can be a complicated and stressful situation—not to mention downright upsetting.

    Though the terms surrounding unemployment are often used interchangeably, they’re not synonyms. You might not think the language matters all that much as the end result is the same: You’re still out of work. But the fact is, the difference between being laid off and getting fired can have a significant impact on your finances as well as your future job search.

    If you’re having trouble processing this turbulent and often traumatic life event, here’s one thing you’ll need to understand to help you get through it: Were you actually laid off or fired?   MORE

10 Ways to Learn About a Company's Culture
Before you accept a job, research these sources
to find out more about company culture

by Hannah Morgan at

Cultural fit is one of the top make-or-break factors hiring managers reference when rejecting candidates and employees say is the reason for quitting a job.

    In fact, 44 percent of employees say they want a good work culture over salary when considering a position, according to CareerBuilder research on 2019 hiring trends.   MORE

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it’s Personal
More than a laundry-list type resume, a personal brand speaks to who you are

There’s a lot that a recruiter or hiring manager can tell about you by perusing your resume. For the most part, however, your resume will state facts about you: your former employers, your titles, your education background, etc.

    That’s all well and good but none of that tells them about you, the real you, the human you, the person that exists beyond the lines on a resume. We’re talking about the dedication you have, your commitment to the job, your ability work with and/or lead others. Your punctuality. Your dependability. Your reliability. Mix them all together and you get… well, you.

    All those intangibles, all those soft skills, they’re all that go into making up your personal brand. Your personal brand isn’t how many years you’ve worked. Your personal brand exhibits how well you work, what you accomplished, and why you would be an asset to the organization.

    In short, a personal brand communicates a clear and consistent message about who you are and what you have to offer; what sets you apart from all the other candidates for the job; and what you can do better than anyone else.

    Apple doesn’t sell phones, or computers, or tablets. Apple sells innovation, reliability, performance and cutting-edge technology.

    As you venture out into the job market to sell yourself, keep in mind what you’re selling. Any company can sell a phone, but only a brand can sell innovation, reliability and performance.

    So, if that doesn’t fit on your resume, how do you sell your brand? The easiest place to sell you is during the interview. But before that you can promote your personal brand through Facebook, LinikedIn, Twitter and the rest.

    You will probably have to do some soul searching to determine precisely what your personal brand is, but get it right and you’ve vastly improved your chances of landing your next job.

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